The Kogi State House of Assembly has passed the Local Government Autonomy bill into law.
The bill was passed at Wednesday’s plenary following its consideration to alter the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended which seeks to abolish the Joint Account of the State and Local Governments.
The bill also seeks to create different accounts for local governments where they are expected to receive their allocation from the federation’s account.
The lawmakers, in their various contributions, unanimously threw their support behind the bill, describing it as timely.
The Deputy Speaker, Alhaji Alfa Rabiu who presided over Wednesday’s sitting noted that the bill which will enhance democracy, will also provide financial independence at the Local Government level.
The member representing Olamaboro Constituency, Anthony Ujah, explained that the bill is long overdue, saying it will reduce financial pressure on the State Governments.
While the member representing Adavi, Ibrahim Usman, stated that the bill will enhance development at the grassroots.
His Lokoja I counterpart, Umar Tenimu noted that Local Governments have not been able to meet their responsibilities due to the Joint Account.
In a swift reaction, the President, Kogi State Chapter, Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, Tade Adeyemi, applauded the State Assembly for the passage of the bill saying the passage would ensure security and development on the council areas.
He urged other State Assemblies to ensure the passage of the bill so as to get the required two third majority at the National Assembly.